The Tower Of London
For over 900 years, The Tower of London has dominated the capital. As a Royal Palace, fortress, prison, place of execution, arsenal, Royal Mint and jewel house, it has witnessed many great events in British history.
Enter its gates, and you’ll soon see why The Tower IS London. You can explore the nation’s leading historic visitor attraction and the home of some of our greatest treasures. What is more, you will experience at first hand the myths aand legends that enrich the history of this great landmark. Entry includes:
Yeoman Warder ‘Beefeater’ Tours
Nobody knows more about the history of The Tower than the Yeoman Warders (popularly known as ‘Beefeaters’) who have guarded this fortress for centuries. They’ll captivate you with stories passed from generation to generation. Stand on the site where famous prisoners, including two of Henry VIII’s wives, were beheaded. Tours are held throughout the day.
The Crown Jewels
Introductory films offer a fascinating insight iinto Royal Pageantry and the Crown Jewels, with special colour footage of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. Marvel at the Imperial State Crown, worn by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament. Be dazzled by the largest cut diamond in tthe world, the Cullinan I, set in the Sovereign’s Sceptre. The Jewel House Wardens will be on hand to answer any questions about this priceless collection.
The Crowns and Diamonds Exhibition
Find out how English Royal Crowns developed over the centuries and learn the colourful stories of some of their famous stones.
The White Tower
The White Tower, begun by William the Conqueror around 1080, gives its name to the entire castle of The Tower of London. It is home to the Royal Armouries, the national museum of arms and armour and the museum of The Tower. See the refurbished galleries which include armours of Henry VIII and Charles I and ...
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